This Family Took The Same Photo Every Year For 22 Years

Zed Nelson is a London-based photographer who embarked on a photographic journey through time to take the same picture of the same family in the same conditions over the course of 22 years.

The project, entitled “The Family,” is a time capsule that encompasses the growth of his friend’s family through two decades on the same day each year. Even though the poses and the faces are the same, the images ask the question of how each member grew over that span.

Click next to delve deeper into the family’s history as told by individual, yet similar shots.


#12 Setting Up The Shots

When Nelson’s friend’s family agreed to participate in the project, the wife was already 9-months pregnant. On the same day each year, the family met with Nelson who set up the same lighting conditions with the same backdrop. This caused no distractions, just the focus on the growth of each family member.

#11 The Purpose Of The Shots

The selection of the shots allowed Nelson to give his viewers an amazing and specific walkthrough of his friend’s family’s life. It allows viewers to focus on the individuals rather than space around them. We are able to focus on his subjects rather than the world they occupy.

#10 Four Years Into The Project

In this photo, the child is already four years old. We can see how age is beginning to define the new parents as well as how they have grown tremendously. The image sheds some light into how much parenting has affected them. Go to slide #9 to see how two years look.

#9 Child At Age 6

Two years later and their kid is already showing so much personality. Both parents look happy and the family is obviously showing how well they have bonded in just six short years of parenthood. Move to slide #8 to see how they progress and grow over the next couple of years.

#8 We Change As We Grow

One thing we will never know is exactly how many shots Nelson took to get the perfect image. He could have taken thousands of photos to get one perfect picture, and of course, they may not define how the family actually is. Notice the changes in hairstyles and facial expressions.